Fruit Nutrition Facts
These fruit nutrition facts will show you why nature's candy should be a major part of your diet.
A List Of Fruit Nutrition Facts
1) Fruit is easier to digest than any other food, and it exits the stomach quicker than anything else you can put in your mouth. A few bananas will be out of your stomach 30-40 minutes after you've eaten them. Meat can sit in you stomach for the better part of a day. All the energy that gets wasted digesting the meat can be put to better purposes like helping your brain function better.
2) Fruits have the highest percentage of vitamins per calorie, and the second highest percentage, following vegetables, of minerals per calorie. An estimated 60-90 percent of vitamins have yet to be discovered, so supplement pills won't cover all your bases. We need raw fruits, and plenty of them, to meet our needs.
3) Over the course of a year, 200 varieties of fruit are sold in most grocery stores, so you'll never lack for variety of taste or nutrients.
4) Fruit, unlike the meat and refined grain products that make up the majority of the standard American diet, is packed with fiber.
There are two categories of fiber- soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is mostly found in fruits and vegetables. It absorbs water, helps keep the stool bulky and soft, and keeps things moving through the intestines. Insoluble fiber scrapes the intestines and causes damage.
5) All major health and disease-prevention organizations suggest that we increase fruit consumption, including the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fruit has been shown to decrease the incidence of most cancers, heart disease, and numerous other maladies.
6) The human body needs a maximum of 10 percent of its calories to come from protein. Higher than 10 percent and health starts to decline. Lower than 3 percent or so and you're not getting enough. Fruits and vegetables combined average 5-8 percent. They're perfect.
7) Fruit contains no cholesterol.
8) Every cell in the body, including the brain and the muscles, function off of the sugars glucose and fructose. The simple carbohydrates in ripe fruit come primarily from glucose and fructose, which the body immediatly assimilates with virtually no digestion.
Complex carbohydrates like those found in bread, on the the other hand, need to be heavily digested to be used as fuel. Because our body needs lots of sugar to function, it make sense to deliver it in a form it can use off the bat.
9) The vast majority of fruits are low in fat. With the exception of overt fasts such as avocado, durian, and olives, fruit averages around 2-8 percent fat. Fat intake should come in under 10 percent, so you can't beat fruit for proper fat intake.
10) Fruit is great for losing weight. It's low in calories and high in water content, making it filling but not hard on the waistline.
11) Fruit puts a negligible toxic load on the body. Compare this to acrolein produced by deep frying, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from barbecuing, the salt so commonly put on food, and the numerous other toxins released from cooking, and we see why fruit suddenly looks ideal. Fruit doesn't cause cancer and other diseases becuase of this.
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